Saturday, December 29, 2012

Words Can Hurt

Physical wounds are obvious. They hurt, but they heal and you move on. But what about the wounds you can't see--the wounds caused by words? They are often the most painful. We often suffer from them in silence, because unlike physical wounds, they often go unseen. You can't put Neosporin on it and hope it feels better. You can't cover it with a band-aid. You just have to hurt.

Have you ever thought how powerful your words are? Before you say something about someone, stop and think about it. Do you know the whole story? Do you know what that person may be dealing with right now? Your words might be just the shove needed to push that person over the edge of the cliff they are standing at.Or, you can make sure your words are just the ones they need to pull them back from the edge. The choice is yours.

Words can hurt--much worse than any physical pain, and often much more than we will ever know. They come out of our mouth, and while we may or may not feel guilty for a time, we move on. But the person who was hurt by your words, they can't just keep moving on. They are stuck hearing your words over and over in their head. Every time they replay them, the wound is opened back up and the hurt is fresh again. Think before you speak. Those are some powerful words.

 No words should come out of your mouth that are not helpful in building up. I just stomped on my own toes. I wish I could stamp this on my hand everyday and make myself read it before I open my mouth. My goal for 2013? Watch my words. Pray about my words. I want my words to build up, not tear down. I want my words to point to Him.

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 
Ephesians 4:29

It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”
Matthew 15:11

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.  
Colossians 3:8-10

What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. 
Psalm 34:12-14

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.  
Psalm 19:14

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 
Proverbs 10:11

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.  
Colossians 4:6

The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. 
Luke 6:45

To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
Titus 3:2


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